ACS-CEI Award for Incorporation of Sustainability Into Chemical Education

Award at a Glance

Recipient Chemistry Professional, Faculty, K-12 Teacher, Volunteer
Category Teaching,  Green Chemistry
DeadlineSeptember 30, 2022


To recognize those individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability into chemical education.


As part of the American Chemical Society’s goal to “Advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,” the Society’s Committee on Environmental Improvement seeks to recognize those individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to the incorporation of sustainability* into chemical education.

A goal of the recognition program is to encourage dissemination of the important work of creatively incorporating sustainability into chemical education. Therefore, awardees will be expected to present invited talks on their work as part of a symposium on chemistry education and sustainability at the ACS Meeting.

It is anticipated that four to six different projects will be nationally recognized. In addition, each awardee will receive $750 toward travel costs of attending the meeting.

*The National Research Council, in the report Sustainability and the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs, defined sustainability as “a path forward that allows humanity to meet current environmental and human health, economic, and societal needs without compromising the progress and success of future generations. Sustainable practices refer to products, processes, and systems that support this path.” Documents such as the Twelve Principles of Green Chemistry or the Green Engineering Principles build on a similar definition.


Both third party and self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations should clearly demonstrate how the nominee or nominees have contributed to the effective incorporation of sustainability into chemical education. The target audience for the work can be one or more of the following: K-12 students, K-12 teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students, or the general public.

Nominations will be evaluated on the broad criteria of innovation, intellectual merit, and potential for broader impact. Additional important considerations include the extent to which sustainability is an important component of the education work, the extent to which the work supports learning of chemistry, and the overall quality of the design of the nominated work.

Award winners may select to have their material shared with educators nationally and internationally.


September 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET

How to Apply

Completed nominations or self-nominations must include the following information:

  • Full contact information (mailing address, phone number, email address).
  • A title and abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • A statement of no more than 500 words regarding the learning objective(s) for the work nominated, the target audience, and how sustainability has been incorporated.
  • No more than 10 pages of supporting material (lab handout, class activity handout, descriptive materials, etc.).

Submission of materials for consideration will be viewed as a commitment by the individual or group to give a presentation at the ACS Meeting if the work submitted is selected for recognition, and to allow the presentation to be posted on the ACS website.


ACS Committee on Environmental Impact

Past Recipients 

Contact Information

Questions about the recognition program can be directed to:
Dr. Sherine Obare
CEI Awards Program Chair
Phone: 410-960-7716

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